The Clash made their public debut on July 4, 1976 -- the American Bicentennial – at the Black Swan in Sheffield, England, opening for The Sex Pistols. Their public profile would soon equal that of their instant punk rivals The Pistols, and their popularity would shortly eclipse that of the original British punk band.
The two groups were counterpoised in almost every imaginable way. The Pistols were a shambolic unit that embraced chaos; The Clash advanced a program of militant, sometimes naïve social and political outspokenness. Outwardly at least, The Pistols had no use for the music industry’s machinations; The Clash’s vision of a world platform for their ideas led them to an... Read More